A Marrakesh Brown product model of the 2013 BMW X1 was spotted by spy photographer Palbay near the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. The U.S. spec X1 belongs to the xLine, meaning it’s an all-wheel-drive model and judging by the tailpipes, we are looking at the xDrive28i variant.
The new 2013 BMW X1 made its U.S. premiere at the New York Auto Show and will arrive in authorized BMW Centers in the fall of 2012.
The entry-level premium SAV is built at the Leipzig plant and since its introduction to the European market in 2008, it was sold to over 275,000 customers. To cope with the production delays that kept the X1 away from U.S. customers, the company will now build the X1 at the newly opened plant at Tiexi in Shenyang Province.
The arrival of the BMW X1 to the US coincides with an update that includes exterior and interior refinements as well as a host of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. All models feature Brake Energy Regeneration while the X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i models also benefit from Auto Start/Stop and ECO PRO mode to further reduce fuel consumption.
For the first time in a SAV, BMW will offer the X1 with two lines: xLine (xDrive) and Sport Line (rear-wheel-drive). For enthusiasts who want to accentuate the sporting character of their X1 even further, an M Sport Package is also available.
The X1 xDrive35i will be offered exclusively with xDrive. As a result, the new BMW xDrive35i can show off its prowess with a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 5.3 seconds. EPA mileage estimates for this model are 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.
The BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i will retail for $31,545 and $33,245 respectively while the X1 xDrive35i will start at $39,345. All prices include $895 Destination and Handling.